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27 Jun 2012 18:30

From Revelation to Resistance: Czech Surrealism and the Second World War

A lecture by Dr Karolina Watras will examine a remarkable series of clandestine collaborations which developed between the leading Czech Surrealist artists and poets during the Second World War in Prague.


With the Nazi annexation of Czechoslovakia and the outbreak of the war in 1939, the Czechoslovak avant-garde circles, which flourished in Prague in the interwar period, were forced underground. Yet, despite the restrictive measure and often imminent personal danger, Toyen, Jindrich Styrsky, and a young Jewish poet Jindrcih Heisler, continued to produce works that not only reflected the existential crisis of the war but also created a powerful mode of resistance against the political oppression.

Dr Watras' focus will be on Toyen's bold oil paintings and harrowing lithography as well as a series of book projects, all of which consistently display a Surrealist political and artistic revolt and an overwhelming spirit of defiance.

Tickets £15 including a glass of wine
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Dr K. Watras is an Affiliated Lecturer at the Department of History of Art, University of Cambridge.



The Embassy of Slovakia, 25 Kensington Palace Gardens, London W8 4QY


27 Jun 2012 18:30


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